With opening day for the big leagues upon us, we wanted to unleash a new feature- our diamond expert will be checking in every Monday with the latest in Buckeye Softball and Baseball
The baseball Bucks spent the went at home dodging the weather but not dodging their opponents. The Buckeyes went 1-3 for the week with a win against Marshall on Wednesday and then followed it up with a three straight losses to Indiana over the weekend pushing their record 16-10 (2-4).
3/25: OSU 4, Marshall 0
The Buckeyes jumped out to the lead in the second thanks to Troy Montgomery’s RBI single. Montgomery then got caught up between first and second allowing Ronnie Dawson the score the second run of the inning making it 2-0. Ohio State added a run in the 5th and one in the seventh making the final score 4-0. Zach Farmer Picked up the win for the Buckeyes after pitching 5.0 scoreless innings. The offense was lead by Troy Kuhn who went 2-4 with a double and Jacob Bosiokovic who went 1-3 with 2 RBI’s
3/28: OSU 4, Indiana 6
A late Buckeye rally fell short as the Hoosiers topped Ohio State 6-4 in the series opener. The Bucks fell behind 1-0 early on and by the end of the 7th they were down 6-1. Indiana’s Luke Harrison pitched a scoreless 8th in relief of Joey Denato before giving up 5 runs in the ninth. Scott Effross came in to shut down the Buckeye rally a secure the series opener win. Ryan Rige took the loss for Ohio State. Read More
I am not even keeping track of my overall record anymore because its sooo pitiful. Suffice it to say I did finally get one right and sadly it was about Notre Lame beating TTUN . . . oh well! Here goes the results from last week.
Safe Bet. Maryland @ WVU. WVU 47 to 13; Not as safe as I thought WRONG WVU 31 to 21.
Points Plus. Fresno St. @ Tulsa. Fresno St. 54 to 49; nowhere near points a close game Tulsa 27 to 26
Defensive Struggle. Rutgers @ Arkansas. Arkansas 16 to 10; no defense, WRONG again Rutgers 35 to 26
Best Match-up. Clemson @ Florida St. Clemson 21 to 17; Close and WRONG team FSU 49 to 37
Best B1G Game. TTUN @ Notre Lame. Notre Lame 24 to 23; FINALLY right Notre Lame 13 to 6
We kick off the B1G schedule with a full slate and a couple pretty good games to look in on including the one with the Buckeyes up in East Lansing!
Why bother. Minnesota @ Iowa. Not entirely sure how this one will wind up as the Gophers are undefeated heading into the conference. Don’t think it will last as even the recently stunned Iowa Hawkeyes are still pretty good at home in conference match-ups. Iowa 21 to 16
On Campus Recruiting Bowl. Penn St. @ Illinois. Still stinging a bit from losing players, the fact that the Illini’s head coach showed up on PSU’s campus to talk to players should be a driving force behind the Nits. Maybe not in this match-up as Beckman’s team should win. Illini 23 to 10
Hoosiers v. Nerds. Duh. The nerds have been a bit of a surprise early on and their offense has been up tempo. The Hoosiers have been . . . well . . . they’ve been a good basketball school and will continue to be so. Nerdwestern 35 to 10
Lumps are Us. Wisconsin @ Nebraska. Good old fashioned thumping skulls typical B1G football here. Great early season match-up which will cause people to not think about games leading up to it. The Badgers have struggled mightily but will get things together this week and give the Huskers a fight. Nebraska is tough at home and will rep the black shirts well this weekend. Nebraska 21 to 13
Best of the Week. #14 Ohio State @ #20 Michigan State. 3 point underdogs headed into a bad atmosphere after losing to Sparty at home last year sounds about right. The Buckeyes have struggled to put things together the past two weeks. Or have they? They have flipped the switch and moved the ball at will every time they have wanted and needed to. Sparty isn’t seeing the same Buckeye team they did last year. The NFL prospect D-line will not be the difference maker here. I don’t predict scores in Ohio State games, call me superstitious, but they will win the game and send a message. Ohio State in a romp.
Battered and Bruised week off. TTTUN needed a week off and got it. Oh . .. and Purdue has Marshall. Boilermakers 28 to 13
Have a great week and good luck! Go Bucks!!!
Tuesday night football!! The second ESPN owned and operated bowl games… what, you thought they were just interested in broadcasting?
The Basics: 8:00 PM ET on ESPN, from St. Petersburg. FIU (8-4, 5-3 Sun Belt) and Marshall (6-6, 5-3 MAC).
The History: The pageantry, the tradition, the previous snarkasm at your favorite website.
Florida International Panthers- The Panther D is 16th in the nation in scoring allowed, which explains how they were able to win big games against Louisville and Akron; though it should be noted that they fell to Duke. I know, right? Kedrick Rhodes and Wesley Carroll have accounted for 3300 yards of total offense.
Marshall Thundering Herd – Doc Holliday’s team really struggled statistically this year, in the bottom part of the nation in rushing and scoring defense. That being said, they managed to beat Southern Miss and Rice behind Rakeem Catos 1800 passing yards- he’s got 13 TDs and 10 INTs, though… this may not be pretty.
Who We Got?
Since the first week of the season, the Buckeyes have had some struggles with the kicking game. Since “Tressel-ball” is based on solid performances in this area, let’s take a look at what happened and how Ohio State can address this heading into conference play:
Once again, it’s time for a quick tour de farce around the week in college football. You know, in case you don’t have ESPN and this is the only website you read (as it should be). Today’s musical accompaniment: This amazing cover. Good luck getting it out of your head during the TPS meeting.
James Madison, welcome to the BCS championship game! Wait, you have to do something more than beat Virginia Tech? Since when?
Quick comment on the Miami game- I like Randy Shannon, and gained a lot of respect for Jacory Harris as a person during the game (as a QB? Nope). Just thought I’d put that out there, since there seems to be a conspicuous absence of the Miami fans that were so prevalent last week in our little corner of the interwebs.
So, the ACC is back to being a basketball conference, right? This week, all of their ranked squadrons went down, including the JMU upset mentioned earlier and The “Rambling Wreck” falling to a team that only scored three points in their loss to North Dakota State. You want to fix the BCS? One could argue for taking away the ACC’s automatic bid and making them split it with the Big lEast, and then make the MWC and WAC fight over the other one. Problem solved.
That running back that Michigan lets throw the ball is pretty good. Of course, their opponent wasn’t called Notre Ame for nothing… It would be interesting to see how the game would be different with Irish starting QB Crist in for the entire game, especially given what we’ve seen from the Wolverine defense.
Courtesy of our friend Cole Blaney, here’s tBBC’s plays of the week from the Marshall game as decided during our livechat on Thursday:
And, because we love you, here’s a little bonus…
In short, yes.
From the opening kick-off Ohio State seized momentum and never gave it back. Young players got in early and often for their first taste of game action, and the play book on offense and defense was kept decidedly shut.
Ohio State looks primed and ready for Miami next Saturday.
As Ken Gordon says:
Overall, this was the dress rehearsal the coaching staff would have scripted if it could.